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Lady Jackets come up short in upset bid

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By Brody Jones

Once again, the Kingston Lady Jackets were oh-so-tantalizingly close to an impressive win, but just fell short in the end to the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Lady Warriors, 54-51. 

Kingston started off trailing 6-3, but went on a 6-0 run to take a short-lived 9-6 lead before CAK went on a 9-2 run to close out the period with a 15-11 lead. 

Kingston went on a 7-0 stretch to close out the second period, with the final points coming off of a four-point play by Harli Blaine-Oran with .9 seconds left until halftime to make the score 27-24 in favor of the Lady Jackets. 

Kingston led by as much as eight points in the third, but a 16-6 run down the stretch gave the Lady Warriors a 39-38 lead at the end of the period. 

Kingston battled back to tie the game, but CAK pulled away late for the 54-51 heartbreaker. 

Kingston had a 43-22 edge on the boards, but lost in team steals, 10-6, and had 25 turnovers. 

Kingston was led in scoring by Haley Cornellison (17 points, 11 boards), Makisha Fuller (13 points, 9 boards) and Brooke Smith (10 points, 12 boards) all of whom were all at or near a double-double. 

Blaine-Oran (6 points) also played well in the loss.

Kingston (51) Cornellison 17, Fuller 13, Smith 10, Blaine-Oran 6, Gaines 2, Neal 2, Eason 1.

Boys Game

The Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors embarked on a basketball crusade Tuesday night, disposing of the Kingston Yellow Jackets, 72-50.

CAK used an 11-6 run at one stretch of the opening period to get out to a 14-8 lead at the end of the first period. A 20-6 tilt at one point in period number two pushed the halftime lead to 39-21 in favor of the Warriors. 

An 8-0 stretch during one interval of the third period helped make the score 60-31.

Kingston helped whittle down the final score to 72-50 thanks to a 14-6 run in the final period. 

Kingston was powered  by Lucas Clower with 16 points. 

Jordan Huddleston (9 points, 7 boards), Brandon Griffis and Aaron Fielden (6 points each) also played well in the loss.

 Kingston (50) Clower 16, Huddleston 9, Griffis 6, Fielden 6, Szozda 5, Mossing 3, King 2, Franklin 2, Sams 1.